More than a dozen area nonprofits are continuing the process of bolstering their diversity and inclusion. The effort, with support from the Walmart Foundation and Walton Family Foundation, creates partnerships between the organizations and a central program. We talked with a representative from one of the funders (above) and a representative from one of the participating nonprofits (below) about the TRUE initiative.


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Governmental bodies are becoming more diverse in some communities around the state. While the 15-member Washington County Quorum Court is losing one Hispanic Justice of the Peace, it’s gaining two more—Kenny Arredondo Loyola and Evelyn Rios Stafford. The latter also has the distinction of being the first openly transgender Arkansan elected to office in the Natural State.

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A new course this fall at the University of Arkansas examines the role students played in the 1960s and 70s to create more inclusion in student and academic affairs. We speak with Charles Robinson, interim provost and professor of history at the University of Arkansas, about Bad Times.

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Startup Junkie, in partnership with the Walton Family Foundation, has launched a Northwest Arkansas Kiva hub. Kiva is an international crowdsourcing nonprofit that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners who don't qualify for traditional bank loans with lenders from around the world.

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Erika K. Wilson, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina School of Law, studies the effects diverse and homogeneous school populations can have on education and society. She came to the Carver Center for Public Radio during a recent visit to the University of Arkansas.

When it comes addressing a group of people, it can be tricky to know which term to use. Do you say Black or African American? Indian or Native American? As part of our continuing series on race and diversity, we discussed this topic with Niketa Reed and Colleen Thurston who both teach at the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas.

All Saints Episcopal Church in Bentonville is hosting a workshop Sept. 14 called “Facing Race: Becoming Conscious Allies.” Church officials are bringing in a facilitator to lead the seminar, whose goal is to create an understanding of how to become conscious allies to members of the Black community. 

There’s been conversation that race, diversity and inclusion need to happen, but where should they happen? Who should participate? What should be the goal? To help us think through other ways of addressing this topic, we invited two consultants to our studio to share their thoughts.

TRUE Northwest Arkansas, an iniative of the Arkansas Community Foundation funded by grants from the Walmart and Walton Family Foundations, is offering support and training to 30 local nonprofits that are champions of diversity, inclusion and equity to help them, and the region, further those goals.